5 of My Favourite Spring Reads

Spring is finally feeling properly here. There’s the smell of cut grass in the air, birds are chirping far more than normal, and the occasional frost crunches under my boot.

I bloody love spring. So, I’ve tried to bring in some of my favourite books to enjoy at springtime in the hopes that you’ll enjoy them too.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This book screams of new beginnings, new friendships and romances, and the opening acts of summer. Especially considering what’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s the perfectly uplifting book to help get you through some dark nights. Elizabeth is such a spritely character, I challenge you to find a better spring classic!

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

On a whim, I asked a bookseller at a Waterstones in London to recommend me his favourite book, and Siddhartha fell into my hands. It’s about a man who goes on a journey of discovery. Spring is all about finding yourself anew and throwing off the constraints of winter. If you’re looking to renew yourself this spring, it might be worth seeing how a classic did it too.

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The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

I noticed yesterday a rather large buzzy bee who was annoying my dog. I actually thought it was a hornet at one point, and got a bit scared, but it made me smile when it buzzed off to go and find some more flowers. I think bees are beautiful, and so is this collection of poetry by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. A sunny poetry collection perfect for a weekend outside.

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A Room with a View by EM Forster

This one is more summery, but I think it speaks of new beginnings and being yourself. Following your heart, if you want to be so cliche. As it is, I love EM Forster, and as A Room with a View is probably his most famous and the first I read, I have to recommend this one. It’s nicely short, so will take an afternoon with a blanket to read.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Of course, I had to add on another romance. The Song of Achilles is one of my favourite books, and I challenge you to find one people love more! It’s beautifully rendered and brings Ancient Greece vividly to life. I highly recommend this one, and it’s perfect for reading in the sunshine and tucked up in bed.

Those are some of my favourite spring reads. What are some of yours?

Until the next time!

Today’s Monstrous Book Haul

Hello everyone!

Today Natalie and I went to Waterstones and well… I may have bought *some* books. Here’s my book haul!

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The first book I picked up was Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This is a new contemporary that I’ve been really excited about, and I was super in the mood for contemporaries! I’m hoping to get to this one this weekend. It’s about a girl who wants to go to film school but is torn due to her Indian heritage, and what her mum wants from her. When a terrorist attack happens in another city, Maya is faced with Islamophobia from the neighbourhood she’s known all her life. I’m really excited because this is #OwnVoices too.

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The next book I picked up was Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. I seem to have a thing for witches right now and I am sooo excited! This follows a girl called Alyce who is currently residing in Bedlam asylum – her mother has been executed for being a witch, and Alyce’s powers are beginning to show… Caught between two warring queens – one on the throne and one in the Tower – Alyce has to fight for her life. I’m currently studying Shakespeare too so although I think this is magical realism, it’ll be really fascinating to read something from around the time he was writing!

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The final book I bought in Waterstones today was Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel. This is a non-fiction book about WWI and nature – such as soldiers and their relation to horses, the fields that they fought in, and the vermin that they lived with. I was going to get this over Christmas, but held off – but seeing as I picked it up again, not remembering the title until I read the subtitle, and with a different cover, I thought that it would be something that I would really enjoy so picked it up.

That’s all of the books that I picked up from Waterstones today, but I came home to some book mail!

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I bought The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller from The Book Depository, and it arrived today! I actually have this on Kindle, but I’m seeing Madeline Miller at the UEA Spring Literary Festival and often after them the authors do signings, so I really wanted to have a physical copy! I’m so excited to read this: this follows Achilles and Patroclus during the Trojan War, aka a retelling of the Iliad – and they’re lovers! This sticks, I think, close to the story of the Iliad (come on, having read it, they loved each other so much!), and it has incredible ratings, so I can’t wait to read it.

DSC_1099And that’s my book haul! I also grabbed Grave Matter by Juno Dawson from the library, which seems to be a short novella with illustrations about a girl who died and the boy who mourns her. It seems to have a bit of magical realism too.

I really hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below. Once I’ve read them, I’ll be reviewing them on my review blog, Sprinkled With Words, so if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on them make sure to head on over there and give it a follow!

Until the next time,

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